The takayna / Tarkine region of northwest Tasmania is home to one of the last tracts of old-growth Gondwanan rainforest in the world, yet this place is currently at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including timber and mining. Told through the eyes of a rural doctor, who runs ultramarathon distances deep into the forest to scout logging operations, this documentary unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places.

Takayna

Documentary | 2018

Synopsis

The takayna / Tarkine region of northwest Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world and one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere. Sixty rare or endangered species live in this forest that dates back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the planet. These unique characteristics, and more, meet several of the criteria for World Heritage protection outlined by UNESCO, but takayna / Tarkine remains under threat from destructive logging and mining practices. The 40-year fight to protect this area is a fight for the future of our last truly wild places.

Producers

Emily Grant

Director

Alex Lowther